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Nervous system damage and nutritional factors in chronic alcoholics

Nervous system damage and nutritional factors in chronic alcoholics

Clinical Neurology & Neurosurgery 91(2): 129-134

Dietary habits in 45 chronic alcoholics were assessed by the dietary history method, and plasma albumin and serum transferrin. These variables as well as clinical findings did not indicate general malnutrition, but a moderate deficiency in folate intake was found. There was no correlation between the nutritional variables and central and peripheral nervous system function investigated by neuroradiological, neuropsychological, and neurophysiological methods. Transketolase and thiamine-pyrophosphate effects were measured in a subgroup of alcoholics and compared to a control group. No differences were found and there was no correlations to central nervous system impairment. These findings do support the hypothesis that nervous system damage found in chronic alcoholics is of nutritional etiology.

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DOI: 10.1016/S0303-8467(89)80033-2

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